Library News

The Mobile Library is back in action this term, with Kane bringing books to classes that wouldn’t otherwise access the library’s books. Students have really enjoyed choosing from the selection Kane adds to the trolley each week and it will continue all year.

Author of the Month


Bali Rai

Bali Rai was born in Leicester in 1971 and grew up in a multi-cultural environment. He wanted to either play football for Liverpool F.C., be Bob Marley, or be an author, but actually went to university in London to study politics. After some time in jobs he wasn’t enjoying he settled down to write his first book, (Un)Arranged Marriage which was published in 2001.

He has written dozens of books for children and young adults, all of which he wants to be accessible to children of all ages and backgrounds, we particularly love his books for Barrington Stoke.

Three of his books have been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal.

Illustrator of the Month


Nadia Shireen

Nadia Shireen studied law and worked as a music journalist before following her desire to doodle in the sidelines through an MA in children’s book illustration at Cambridge School of Art. She writes her own picture books as well as illustrating the words of others.

Her work has been achieving critical acclaim since her debut in 2011, and The Bumblebear was chosen to be given to every child entering a UK Reception class in 2017.

Nadia lives in London with her husband.

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